NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Connecticut State Police are searching for a man who shoplifted items at a rest area on the Merritt Parkway in New Canaan, then threatened to shoot a store clerk.
The incident began at 4:25 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, when a male suspect entered the Alltown convenience store and Dunkin' Donuts located at the rest area on the northbound Merritt Parkway in New Canaan, state police said.
The male suspect stole several miscellaneous items from the Alltown sales floor without the knowledge of the cashier, then walked over to Dunkin' Donuts and attempted to steal a plastic coffee mug, state police said.
He returned the plastic coffee mug to the Dunkin' Donuts store clerk after the clerk told him to hand over the mug, state police said.
As the male suspect was leaving the store through the front entrance, he turned to the Dunkin' Donuts clerk and said, "I'll blow your [expletive] head off" while gesturing with his hands as if he were reaching for a handgun in his waistband, state police said.
"A weapon was suggested but never displayed, and the male suspect verbalized and gestured several times that he had a weapon and would shoot the clerk before walking out of the facility," state police said.
The suspect has been to the service area on several occasions over the past several months but has paid for items with cash. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s or 40s, about 6 feet tall with a small cross tattoo on his face near his right eye. He was wearing a large white/light beige vest, black sweat jacket, blue jeans, white sneakers and a black ball cap with a red "C' on the front.
He was accompanied by an unknown black male who was wearing dark clothing and a ball cap. The male suspect and black male left the service area in a black SUV.
Anyone who thinks they may have any information or thinks they may know the identity or whereabouts of either males is asked to call Trooper First Class Marandola at Troop G-Bridgeport at 203-696-2500 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. All calls and texts with remain confidential.
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